Feds: Woman gets 30 months for embezzling from Darien car dealership
STAMFORD — A woman sentenced in federal court Wednesday used funds she embezzled from a Darien car dealership to travel to various places, remodel her home and buy a $50,000 Ford Mustang, the Department of Justice said.
Vanessa Vence-Small, 50, of New Windsor, N.Y., was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. On Feb. 22, she pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.
The DOJ said she embezzled more than $1,1 million from the car dealership.
Court documents showed that Vence-Small was the controller of Felix F. Callari, Inc., doing business as Continental BMW of Darien.
From Oct. 2014 to June 2017, Vence-Small made 65 unauthorized electronic fund transfers, totaling $904,659.29, from the dealership’s bank account to her person American Express account, the DOJ said. She also issued and signed 28 checks from the dealership’s bank account, totally $207,777.78, to pay various credit card companies, contractors doing repairs at her home and another car dealership to buy a car.
Vence-Small also charged an additional $31,452.08 in credit card charges and reimbursements, the agency said.
“The investigation revealed Vence-Small’s personal expenses included first-class air travel and vacations to Australia, Hawaii, Mexico and Jamaica; payments to contractors to remodel and landscape her home and the purchase of a $50,000 Ford Mustang,” the DOJ said.
In court on Wednesday, the judge ordered Vence-Small to pay full restitution. So far, the DOJ said, she has repaid about $200,000.
Vence-Small was released on a $100,000 bond. She was ordered to report to prison on Feb. 4, 2019.